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Re: Fred Adolph, gunsmith ca. 1910-1914 Rochester, Genoa, New York
Posted by: Robert Chambers (ID *****9901) Date: November 21, 2010 at 18:25:23
In Reply to: Fred Adolph, gunsmith ca. 1910-1914 Rochester, Genoa, New York by Art Carpenter of 44

He was friends with Emil Flues, Charles Newton, Townsend Whalen,and Rudolph Kornbrath. He was known to Frank Hollenbeck and Harry Pope.

He claimed production of a well known (Prussian proofed, I think) double reinforced sidelock shotgun engraved with Hiawatha and (ficticious?) bride Minnehaha from a painting by Taylor... and Hiawatha with bow, arrow, and a swan on his shoulder on the left side. Originally the stock was carved with deer, fox and pheasants and produced for avid sportsman named Zabriskie.

He also claimed production of a boxlock snap-action under-lever drilling made for Charles Newton of Buffalo NY. The gun was stolen from the widow of gun-writer Harry O. Dean (Westminster Ave) by Joseph Reese (dubbed "High tech Burglary Gang" ring leader by Erie County District Attorney's Office). The gun is still missing and can be easily spotted by the the gold intertwining initials of Charles Newton. Newton is considered "The Father of High Velocity" making the gun very historic. The bat rastard who currently owns this most historic drilling (in the second decade of the internet) surely knows the gun is stolen since it has not yet surfaced. There is a chance the gun may have been engraved by Kornbrath.

There is some evidence that Fred himself was a bit of a rat bag as he totally screwed his next-door neighbor (George Bower) on several occasions. For whatever reasons his frienship with Emil Flues and Kornbrath was short lived.

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